I received a comment from a reader on the Birthing Naturally Midwife Mentor Blog.  I moved it here to allow better discussion in a more appropriate forum.  Here is the comment I received. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your reply a little while back to my comments about Eve’s curse and the Jackie Mize book etc. I wasn’t going to write again but I recently read the statistic that 1 in 13 women in Cameroon will die giving birth this year and I got thinking again. This fact and also the many women who suffer from the after effects of very difficult births, causes me toRead More →

I know the feeling of a ministry idea sprouting and growing inside you. I’ve had it myself, and I’ve helped many women nurture the idea into a successful ministry. Be encouraged, if you have an idea growing you you are not alone. But you may be wondering, “How do I make that idea a reality?” Over the next few weeks I will share some of the things I’ve learned along the way. We’ll talk about common problems and the not so easy work it takes to avoid those problems.  We’ll also talk about some great resources you can use to build a strong foundation. InRead More →

In 2008 I was ready for the full conference experience.  I was able to attend Midwifery Today because of a program that accepted students to work as room stewards. I wouldn’t be able to select what sessions I attended, but my expenses were much less.  I don’t have any photos because my husband convinced me I was going to work, not hang out with friends. But hang out with friends I did.  This conference solidified some friendships that began the year prior. I was smarter for the Christian Midwives International Conference – I brought my camera despite his suggestion I leave it at home. I’mRead More →

As promised, I dug out my old files to find conference photos.  I hope I’ve selected some good ones to give you an idea what goes on at conferences. I think the first conference I attended was from CAPPA, possibly as far back as 2003, but I would not have taken any photos and don’t have a record of that. It was the only doula conference I ever attended, and I don’t remember thinking it was anything worth the cost.  Why? By the time I attended I had been doing childbirth education and doula work for a few years so the conference offered little toRead More →

Today is the start of the AWHONN 2014 Convention. This will be the first AWHONN Convention I’ve attended so I’m very excited to see how they do things and make connections. This is actually my third conference this year. Christian Midwives International was in April, and the International Confederation of Midwives was at the start of this month. I skipped ACNM this year due to the lack of money and time to attend four conferences. This is also the first conference this year where I don’t know anyone else going.  I realize this can be a major barrier for some of you who want toRead More →

I type this after I repaired a few broken links on the main Christian Childbirth website — links which have been broken since the debut of the new style several months ago. Cringe-worthy mistakes that make me wonder how I can continue to think I can balancing a PhD program and my hobby websites is possible. This is probably not anything you particularly care about — unless you were stuck unable to follow a link. Except, I think it is important sometimes that we remember we are all only human. We will make mistakes and the work we produce will not be perfect. If whatRead More →

I thought some readers might be interested in this article from Nursing Outlook. You will need a subscription or a library access to read the full article, but the abstract is posted online. Title:  The role of Catholic nurses in women’s health care policy disputes: A historical study Author: Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN Journal: Nursing Outlook  Volume 61, Issue 5 , Pages 367-374, September 2013  Read More →

I have been considering several options for the addition of guest bloggers or contributors to the Christian Childbirth Blog. So an update. The Format I think I have the final format for the contribution series — each month will have a topic question about Christian childbirth. These are the questions we all had when we first thought about being pregnant through a Christian lens. Should a Christian use Birth Control? Is a Natural Childbirth More “Christian”? Why is Childbirth Painful? Does God Want Circumcision or Not? This means each contributor will have the opportunity to share how they deal with these difficult questions.  Leave aRead More →

In 2010, Tammy Ryan and I began this blog from our desire to provide information to expectant Christian families. While we still have a strong heart for the concept, we simply don’t have the time to devote to all the writing. So in comes plan B… We have decided to invite additional authors.  This provides several bonuses to us, to the authors, and to you the readers. More authors means more perspectives, depth of insight and experiences to share. More authors means Tammy and I will devote less time to writing and can focus on the administrative duties — getting things posted (you don’t wantRead More →

Today is the first day of a big summer project.  I will be updating the Lord of Birth, and if time permits I’ll also update 40 weeks.  This is a relief, and a sadness. A relief because the books were an amateur effort from the start — my personal prayer journals — that I only published because of the prompting of friends.  The topics deserve a better treatment and higher quality than I could do ten years ago. A sadness because I have a feeling there are some women who will prefer the books as they were originally written, and who will feel someone slightedRead More →